The New York Times has published an editorial supporting the opt-out of the widely misused Secure Communities program.

It was recently discovered through documents brought forward through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that the Department of Homeland Security had been unsure, if not outright misleading, over whether or not participation in the program was voluntary for local law enforcement agencies.

Secure Communities, referred to also as S-Comm or SeCom, has been widely criticized for its misuse as a dragnet for deporting undocumented immigrants while being purported as a program meant to prioritize criminals. Many of those deported do not have criminal records.

The program has sown distrust between police departments and immigrants regardless of their status since it makes racial profiling more possible rather than less.